1996–97 NSL Cup

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1996–97 NSL Cup
Country  Australia
Teams 16
Champions Collingwood Warriors
Runners-up Marconi-Fairfield
Matches played 23
Goals scored 59 (2.57 per match)

The 1996–97 NSL Cup was the twenty-first and final season of the NSL Cup, which was the main national soccer knockout cup competition in Australia. 16 teams in total from around Australia entered the competition, including 13 of the 14 NSL teams (with the newly formed Perth Glory missing out), two representative teams formed from State Leagues and the Brisbane Premier League champions, the Brisbane Lions.[1] This was the last national knockout cup in Australia until the FFA Cup kicked off in 2014.

Bracket

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Adelaide City  1
 West Adelaide  0  
 Adelaide City  0 (1)
   Collingwood Warriors (p)  0 (3)  
 South Australian Select XI  1
 Collingwood Warriors (a.e.t.)  2  
 Collingwood Warriors  3
   South Melbourne  1  
 South Melbourne  4
 Gippsland Falcons  2  
 South Melbourne  1
   Melbourne Knights  0  
 Canberra Cosmos  2
 Melbourne Knights  4  
 Collingwood Warriors  1
   Marconi-Fairfield  0
 Wollongong City  1
 Marconi-Fairfield  4  
 Marconi-Fairfield  3
   Newcastle Breakers  1  
 Northern NSW Select XI  2
 Newcastle Breakers  12  
 Marconi-Fairfield  5
   Brisbane Strikers  0  
 Sydney United  0
 Sydney Olympic  2  
 Sydney Olympic  1
   Brisbane Strikers  3  
 Brisbane Strikers (a.e.t.)  2
 Brisbane Lions  1  

Round of 16

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Adelaide City South Australia 1–0 South Australia West Adelaide 0–0 1–0
South Australian Select XI South Australia 1–2 Victoria (Australia) Collingwood Warriors 1–0 0–2 (a.e.t.)
South Melbourne Victoria (Australia) 4–2 Victoria (Australia) Gippsland Falcons 1–2 3–0
Canberra Cosmos Australian Capital Territory 2–4 Victoria (Australia) Melbourne Knights 1–2 1–2
Wollongong City New South Wales 1–4 New South Wales Marconi-Fairfield 1–0 1–3
Northern NSW Select XI New South Wales 2–12 New South Wales Newcastle Breakers 1–7 1–5
Sydney United New South Wales 0–2 New South Wales Sydney Olympic 0–1 0–1
Brisbane Strikers Queensland 2–1 Queensland Brisbane Lions 0–1 2–0 (a.e.t.)

First leg

4 September 1996
Wollongong City 1–0 Marconi-Fairfield
Balls Paddock





12 September 1996
Northern NSW Select XI 1–7 Newcastle Breakers
Jack McLaughlin Reserve


Second leg





15 September 1996
Brisbane Lions 0–2 (a.e.t.) Brisbane Strikers
Richlands Stadium



Quarter Finals




Semi Finals


Final

6 October 1996
Collingwood Warriors 1–0 Marconi-Fairfield
Boutsianis Goal 46'
Lakeside Stadium
Attendance: 2,327
Referee: Eugene Brazzale

References